WESTPORT, Conn. – If you’ve ever wondered what the home of an artist looks like, you can find out this weekend during the Westport Historical Society’s 26th annual Holiday House Tour.
Five Westport artists are opening their homes and studios to the public Sunday for the event. The homes, which will be dressed up with holiday décor, represent a range of architectural styles and time periods, from a log cabin to a modernist homestead.
Also differentiating the homes is each owner’s style. Tour-goers will be able to see everything from sculptures and paintings, to multi-media art and even an antique ornament collection.
The tour includes:
- A modernist home, situated on a north-facing hillside, that includes a sculpture garden, a gallery and studio space
- The Eliphalet Sturges saltbox farmhouse, which dates back to 1764
- An 1806 manor with a three-car garage, carriage house and studio
- A 1970s ranch overlooking the Saugatuck River, filled with a scope of artwork
- A vintage, European-style log hunting lodge once owned by Herb Rosenthal, Jackie Gleason’s manager
The self-guided tour will be Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain, snow or shine. Tickets are $50 or $40 for Westport Historical Society members when purchased in advance. Tickets purchased on the day of the tour are $55 for all.
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the historical society at (203) 222-1424, and picked up at the historical society between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Photography and children under 12 are not allowed inside the homes. Tour-goers will be required to remove their shoes upon entering each home.
A post-tour soiree featuring live music, hors d’oeuvres, wine and a silent auction, will be held at a 1790s farmhouse from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the soiree are $50 and can be purchased online or by calling 203-222-1424.
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